That’s the $64 billion question. For certain conditions, such as autism, we don’t know why cases are increasing so rapidly. Some researchers believe we can thank (or blame, depending on your viewpoint) better diagnostic tools, which means doctors simply are finding more cases, not that there necessarily are more. But others believe there must be environmental triggers that we’re overlooking. Some conditions have fairly obvious causes.
The spike in diabetes is almost certainly due to the rise in childhood obesity. But regardless of whether the causes are mysterious or blatant, the result is the same: More and more kids are in big-time chronic health trouble.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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